This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. It ended the Space Race and fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 goal of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth by the end of the decade.
To celebrate the historic milestone, the Carmel Clay Public Library will play host to David West Reynolds, author of “Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon” at 2 p.m. July 13.
“Dr. David West Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author,” said Sara O’Sha, CCPL audiovisual services supervisor. “He’s written books and articles for NASA, the Smithsonian and National Geographic. For this book, he had unrestricted access to NASA. He has a lot of behind-the-scenes, unique perspectives and insights into NASA and the Apollo missions.”
The program will focus on the adventure, leadership and risks associated with a journey to the moon.
“We thought it was important to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing,” O’Sha said. “Not just because of the scientific advancements, but also because of its lasting impact on the human imagination. We feel like it’s a significant and exciting anniversary.”
Space buffs will enjoy the intimate details West Reynolds was able to document by working with NASA, O’Sha said.
“His book is fabulous, but we also wanted him to speak here because he did have all this unrestricted access to NASA, which is pretty unusual,” O’Sha said.
The library will present a screening of the documentary “Apollo 11” by Todd Douglas Miller at 3 p.m. July 20. Both events are free. Registration isn’t required.